Organisers of the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire were yesterday forced to defend themselves against accusations of setting “outrageous” ticket prices for the team presentation in Leeds two days before the race begins – with the cost ranging from £45 to £85 for the event at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday 3 July.
The 2014 race season is well underway now so it’s about time we stepped back and had a good look at the bikes and kit the pros are racing this year. We’ve rounded up the bikes of the 18 UCI WorldTour teams competing this season.
Secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles has declined an offer made by Labour councillors in Cambridge to participate in a challenge to find out whether it is quicker to get across the city centre on a car or bike.
If you're looking for a smart messenger-cum-pannier bag to get your stuff to the office and back the the Altura Meta should fit the bill, assuming you don't like to carry masses of stuff. It has a few niggles which I'd like to see ironed when it's up for a refresh but overall it's a solid bit of kit for day-to-day use.
Durable and smart work bag for rack-equipped commuters
Cycling campaign group, Road Share, is drawing on expertise from organisations including CTC, Scottish Cycling and Pedal on Parliament as it steps up its campaign for Scotland to adopt a law of presumed liability against motorists involved in collisions with people on bikes.
Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers is free to return to racing after world cycling’s governing body, the UCI decided there was a “significant probability” that the clenbuterol for which he tested positive after winning the Japan Cup last October was due to contaminated food eaten in China. Meanwhile, former Crelan-Euphony rider Jonathan Breyne, who attempted suicide after testing positive for the same substance last year, also after racing in China, has reportedly also been exonerated.
The spring weather is proving unpredictable at the moment and the new Xtract jacket from Scottish clothing company Endura looks to be the ideal lightweight and packable waterproof for such conditions. They've also released the new FS260-Pro SL Bibshort Fit System, which matches insert size to your body.
Happy Easter everyone! Instead of fobbing you off with a tawdry foil-covered comestible we thought we'd give you the chance to win over four hundred quid's worth of great cycling clobber from Café du Cycliste instead. Don't say we're not givers.